Why Travel is the Best Kind of Education

Education has in recent times taken various forms. People the world over have come to realize that the traditional methods of learning are not the only way to get your education, but there are numerous other ways such as travelling.

Travel is not only fun and fulfilling, but you get to experience life through a whole new lens. Information learned this way also gets retained longer, as by actually going to a site or certain location you gain far more insight than by reading about it. Here guest blogger Kevin Nelson reveals five more reasons why travel is the best kind of education.

 

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You improve your social skills

Imagine yourself in a place where everyone is a complete stranger, and you’re new to the place as well. You won’t have a choice but to pluck up the courage and talk to the people around you. When you’re in need of directions or travel advice, talking to strangers isn’t an option, but a necessity.

By learning to chat with strangers, you improve your social skills and boost your confidence. Something that doesn’t really happen if you’re sitting in a classroom!

 

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You learn new languages

As much as English may be the most widely spoken language, in many top destinations, it’s not the main language. Therefore before you travel to a new place, it’s a good idea to research the native language and try to learn the basicsUsually, you might need to know how to say hello and respond to greetings, ask for directions, and say please and thank you.

When you interact with the locals, you put your skills into practice and learn even more. And by testing out your skills in a real-life scenario, you’ll get to understand how to pronounce certain words, intonation while saying specific phrases and even learn some slang. All of which helps you become more fluent in the language.

 

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You experience new cultures

As you interact with people of other cultures, you get to notice a lot of differences between their lives and yours back home. Whether that be the different dress codes and types of cuisine, or the less obvious differences in social etiquette and beliefs or values.

By immersing yourself in other cultures, you broaden your perspective of the world. It teaches you a new sense of appreciation for what you have and may even influence you to live a little differently.

 

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You gain independence

Particularly when travelling solo, you learn how to think for yourself and handle unexpected situations. For example, say your train is delayed or you miss it, you learn to improvise and find a solution by yourself.

Travelling also helps you grow as a person. It helps you get to know yourself and how you react to different circumstances, preparing you for life’s inevitable ups and downs.

 

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You uncover history

History is fascinating when you learn about it in books or online. But by actually travelling to the places that history has touched, you get to meet the locals, visit museums and see the sights for yourself.

You may find that what you have read about differs from the reality, giving you a whole new perspective of those historic places. Our views about certain places are always dependent on what we see in the media, so when we visit the actual sites, those views can change entirely.

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